Chureito Pagoda

untitled-03198The five storied Chureito Pagoda, surrounded by cherry trees and overlooking Mt. Fuji, is a beautiful, quintessential Japanese spot.    We visited the Pagoda in fall, during Veteran’s weekend, and the colors were fantastic, although the cherry trees had lost all their leaves.  The Pagoda is located near the top of a hill, and untitled-03228There are a number of points to visit on the way. At the base of the hillside there are a series of steps that lead to a lovely big torri gate. Continue up to Arakura Sengen Shrine/‘Temple’. There is a small parking lot here. From this parking lot, you climb almost 400 steps to reach Chureito Pagoda. The effort is worth it!  When we visited there were no entrance or parking fees. The Pagoda was built as a peace memorial in 1963 and it overlooks Fujiyoshida City.
untitled-38DIRECTIONS:  The Pagoda is over an hour away from Yokota, in good traffic, and it’s not very far from Fuji Q Highland Amusement Park. There are several small parking lots at the base of the hill where Chureito Pagoda is located. The GPS coordinates to the parking lot adjacent to Arakura Sengen Shrine/‘Temple’ are N35.49969 E138.80025. Parking space might be quite limited during spring with it being a potentially popular spot. – Linda Bell, December 2013

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